Nome windpower up and running
December 23, 2009
Congratulations to Banner Wind LLC in Nome, which on Monday(Dec. 28) will sign a power purchase agreement with the city utility for its 18 wind turbines. The Entegrity EW50 turbines were installed on Banner Ridge near Nome in 2009, have a total capacity of 1.17 MW and could displace up to 125,000 gallons of diesel fuel a year, according to Jerald Brown, Vice President of Bering Straits Native Corporation. The corporation is a partner in the project.
The turbines have been providing power to the utility – the Nome Joint Utility System – for the past couple months, but the power purchase agreement formalizes that arrangement. Under the terms of the agreement, Banner Wind will initially receive 18 cents a kWh for the wind power, a rate based on the current cost of diesel fuel. The rate will be adjusted over time as fuel prices fluctuate. Banner Wind LLC is jointly owned by Bering Straits Native Corporation, and area village corporation Sitnasuak Native Corporation.